LSU student business challenge scheduled

The LSU Student Incubator will host its fourth annual Venture Challenge at the Lod Cook Hotel on April 23, giving six student businesses a shot at a share of $25,000.

The Venture Challenge is a two-round business plan competition. Students must join the LSU Student Incubator by March 23 to be eligible to compete.

Participants will meet with a business consultant to develop a business plan to submit by April 8 for the first round. A panel of judges from the LSU and Baton Rouge business communities will select the top four business plans to proceed to the final live round of the pitch competition.

All LSU Student Incubator members will be invited to present their businesses at the Startup Showcase.

The LSU Student Incubator will award $23,500 among the four finalists. A $1,500 award between the Audience Choice winner and runner-up selected from the Startup Showcase will follow.

Students can apply online at studentincubator. For information, visit

Smoothie King opens in Our Lady of the Lake

A Smoothie King location has opened in Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center off Essen Lane.

It is one of only two Smoothie Kings in hospitals and is the New Orleans-based chain’s first 24-hour location in the nation.

The location is local franchisee Sean Cangelosi’s seventh.

Annual civil law lecture scheduled at LSU

The Center for Civil Law Studies will present the 38th John H. Tucker Jr. Lecture in Civil Law at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the McKernan Auditorium at the LSU Law Center at 1 East Campus Drive.

Professor Emerita Esin Örücü will discuss the once-monolingual Louisiana Civil Code being translated into French and Spanish and will address the question: “Why translate a code?”

A reception will follow the lecture.

To register, email or call (225) 578-7831.

Small farmer event set at Southern AgCenter

The fifth annual Louisiana Small Farmers Conference will be held March 19-21 at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center in Baton Rouge.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. daily.

The theme for the conference is “Showcasing Louisiana’s Small Family Farms.”

The event will spotlight educational opportunities, USDA programs and services and other resources to help small farmers stay in business and assist individuals interested in starting an agricultural business while sharing resources for others who are interested in urban farming.

Topics include business planning for small farms; farm profitability; financing your small-farm dreams; and branding information for a small farm.

The conference also will include an address by Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; a ribbon cutting for the Ag Center’s Sustainable Urban Ag Demonstration Farm; a presentation on the 2014 Farm Bill; the Louisiana Living Legends Banquet, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Southern University in the area of agriculture, family and consumer sciences; and a graduation ceremony of the Louisiana Small Farmer Agricultural Leadership Institute.

Onsite registration is required at a cost of $25. To register, contact Dr. Dawn Mellion-Patin at (225) 771-2242 or email

SBA seeking annual award nominations

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for its annual Tibbetts and Small Business Innovation Research Hall of Fame Awards.

The deadline is 10:59 p.m. April 10.

Tibbetts Awards are presented to small businesses, support organizations and/or individuals who exemplify the best in the SBIR program.

There are two types of Tibbetts awards. One prize goes to businesses that have participated in the SBIR or Small Business Technology Transfer award programs. Another award goes to organizations and/or individuals who have not received SBIR/STTR funding, but who have contributed significantly in implementing the programs or in supporting program participants.

For details, visit

Hornbeck awarded Navy vessel contract

Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC in Covington has won a $114 million federal contract from the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.

Hornbeck will provide three offshore-supply vessels, which function as Blocking Vessels M/V Arrowhead, M/V Eagleview and M/V Westwind, for the Navy’s Transit Protection System Escort Program.